The Highest Earning College Majors

In direct contrast to Holy Taco’s awesome list of the 10 Most Worthless College Majors, we have been looking for the most profitable pieces of paper (“adults” call them “degrees”) to attain.

The good people of Forbes magazine have been hard at work with one of their epic lists, fully equipped with some horrible stock photos. Here’s what they came up with:

10. Marketing – With a degree in Marketing, the gatekeepers at PayScale.com predict that on average you’ll be earning $39,400 after 5 years. And then, if you stay alive this long, after 20 years you will be in the $72,300 range.

9. Political Science – 5 years = $ 39,400. 20 years = $74,400

8. Civil Engineering – 5 years = $52,600. 20 years = $81,700

7. Mathematics – Not really sure what specific career they mean by this. The image the Forbes list uses is simply of a guy sitting at a desk staring off into space. Professional mathe-magician, perhaps? 5 years = $43,500. 20 years = $82,200

6. Finance – 5 years = $46,900. 20 years = $84,400

5. Mechanical Engineering – 5 years = $56,900. 20 years = $88,100

4. Computer Science – 5 years = $45,200. 20 years = $94,000

3. Electrical Engineering – 5 years = $59,900. 20 years = $96,100

2. Economics – 5 years = $48,100. 20 years = $96,200

1. Computer Engineering – 5 years= $60,500. 20 years = $104,00

Well, I’m pretty sure there are no surprises on this list. Most people choosing these majors are the high-earning and high-achieving stock of the college crop.

Most people who thought a ‘Philosophy’ major was going to be earning some serious bank, were probably not the brightest to begin with.

This list is compiled of just the national averages, though. You’ve gotta be kidding me with that Finance job earning only $84k after 20 years of work. That’s probably not including all the big Wall Street banks.

Forbes: Most Lucrative College Majors, June 18, 2008

 

 

 

 

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